Video: 500 volunteers in 3 days join UAE Covid-19 vaccine trial at new Sharjah centre

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Sharjah - Volunteers have been invited to participate in a UAE clinical trial for a Covid-19 vaccine at a centre outside Abu Dhabi for the first time.

By Wam

Published: Tue 11 Aug 2020, 11:52 PM

Five hundred UAE residents have volunteered for the country's Covid-19 vaccine trials through Sharjah's Al Qarain Health Centre within the first three days of its opening. 
No side effects have been reported so far among the volunteers of different nationalities, said Dr Nour Al Muhairi, head of medical services for the hospital department at the Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap).

The Sharjah facility is the first centre outside Abu Dhabi that can register, screen and test residents wishing to participate in the world's first phase 3 clinical trials of an inactivated Covid-19 vaccine.
Volunteers should be 18 to 60 years of age with no serious underlying medical issues and without previous Covid-19 infection. Pregnant women are not allowed to receive the shots. Trial participants will be given two doses of the vaccine within a period of three weeks, which will be followed by regular check-ups.
Al Qarain Health Centre can register and screen over 500 volunteers a day and it is open to residents from Sharjah and its neighbouring emirates. Those interested may visit the facility from 8am to 8pm daily. It is being managed by G42 Healthcare, in partnership with Mohap. 

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